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Old 05-06-2019, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Due to a few nasty, disgruntled trolls who have lied about me left and right on this forum and behind the scenes by PMing countless people, I would like to set the record straight about who I am, and I would also like to hear who you are, if you would like to share.

-I voted for Hillary, but I'm not a fan of hers or politics in general.

-I am a non-denominational Christian.

-I developed severe panic disorder and agoraphobia after being sexually abused by a nun at Catholic school. I dropped out when I was 16 and never finished high school.

-I graduated summa *** laude from University with a degree in Psychology.

-I am currently a graduate student in Counseling Psychology.

-Before this, I worked in Early Childhood Education, as a teacher, director, and owner of a nursery school.

-I have volunteered for over 15 years on the suicide and crisis hotline. I have also rescued and fostered many dogs over the years.

-I have friends from all walks of life and many different ethnic backgrounds.

-I value honesty and high morals and ethics above everything else.

-I am strong. I have overcome many personal challenges and losses, and I will never give up or be defeated by anything or anyone.

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Raised catholic but now not religious at all.


Ph.D. in immunology from an Ivy League medical educational program.


Over 30 years award winning (state and national) professor of biological sciences.


Political junkie, left of center by a good deal.


Love nature, all animals, keep chickens, train dogs (my own and others) for performance sports.


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Value honesty in others so demand it of myself. Value integrity in others so demand it of myself.


Worried seriously about the future of humanity and the planet in general because of anthropogenic global change, still hoping my teaching about it hits the right ears.


Believe that universal access to safe water, adequate nutrition and affordable healthcare are basic human rights, not only deserved by wealthy folks.


Strong so not afraid to tell it as I see it even when my POV is not the prevailing one.
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- 30 years in Library and Information Studies - now retired.
- Lifelong Democrat
- Introverted
- Love reading but don't collect books
- A good and loyal friend
- Willing to stand up for what I feel is right
- Bipolar disorder, treated now for 20 years - continued problems
- Met my husband 20 years ago (my 1st marriage) and still happy
- Worried about the state of America, Endangered Species and Climate Change
- Huge Major League baseball fan
- Spent 5 years of bliss living on my cousin's horse farm
- Hate to clean aquariums
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Liberal – way left of center – Democrat. Active in politics. News junkie. Believe that everyone everywhere has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and also food, shelter, and clean water.

More or less a Christian – I strongly believe in “do unto others”.

Healthy and active for my age (78). Love being out of doors. Live in semi-rural area between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the Sandia Mountains.

Have had dogs since 1967 – mostly poodles and whippets but have had a wide variety of breeds. Former AKC judge. Participate in conformation, agility, obedience, and barn hunt. Agility is my favorite. Hope to do tracking. Had horses (Arabians) until two years ago – had to re-home them because I could no long handle heavy bales of hay and sacks of feed.

Attended Duke U and University of West Florida. First career was nursing, then a teacher for quite a few years (mostly middle school English), then a computer programmer, and finally a systems analyst specializing in school records management systems. Retired two years ago.

Love my home state of New Mexico because folks here respect and value one another more than anywhere I’ve ever lived. In order, I’ve lived in Tennessee, New Mexico, North Carolina, Brazil, Virginia, California, Virginia (again), New York, South Carolina, Scotland, Florida, Texas, and, finally, New Mexico. The only other place I loved like New Mexico was Scotland.

Two children – my daughter is a professor of Engineering. My son died when he was 8.

Besides showing/training dogs my other hobbies are woodworking (primarily making furniture), gardening, and travel.

I have been married twice – one of each gender.

I believe that there is good in everyone, even if it is sometimes difficult to perceive.
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My son died when he was 8.
I am so sorry, Johanna. I can only imagine such a painful loss.
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- I grew up in many different places. By age 15 I had lived in Texas, Kansas, Canada (Montreal), Michigan, New Mexico and Utah. Been in Southern Utah now for 15 years.

- Because of all the moving I had a pretty sporadic education, some years home schooled, once held back a grade (due to having a Sept birthday), once skipping a grade, and I changed school districts 5 times before graduating high school.

- I graduated college with a BS degree in business administration.

- I was a dog groomer for 3-4 years, starting in high school. The majority of that time I was solely a bather but the last year or so I worked part time doing haircuts.

- I absolutely hate politics, don’t try to discuss them with me.

- I am religious and a Christian. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am very accepting and tolerant (and quite enjoy being around) others of different religious, ethnic, and social etc backgrounds.

- I am married and we have one child, a son. He was born with a birth defect called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. He nearly died at birth (he was given only 50% odds before he was born.) Thankfully he pulled through, but I have aged 60 years since he was born 6 years ago. He has had one medical problem after another and they continue to this day. Nothing could have prepared me for the horrible emotional and physical toll that it takes to have a special needs child. We did attempt to have another child a few years ago but I had an ectopic pregnancy and had to have emergency surgery. As of right now I don’t plan to have more kids. I may foster or adopt in the future.

- I have loved animals since I was a tiny child. I was always reading dog books. I had several breed books and had all the breeds memorized very young. We somehow had one of the big dog shows recorded off of tv onto an old vhs tape. I watched it over and over again. Having a show dog of my own has been a life goal and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend 11 akc show clusters since Luna’s first show last March. Most were attended as a spectator or assistant. They keep life exciting, for sure.

Anything else you’d like to know, just ask. I have enjoyed reading about the other forum members who have posted here.
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Liberal democrat, but am saddened by the polarization in America today, and how it permeates everything, even a poodle forum

Child of an immigrant who didn’t get citizenship till I was 12

Married 38 years (happily) to my second husband. Three grown kids, three grandsons.

Taught high school English for 7 years before changing careers in my mid thirties

I am a nurse and hold a PhD in nursing. I currently run a bachelor’s and master’s program in nursing, but have done many different things in my career.

Love animals of all types and grew up with a menagerie. My mother was a reputable breeder of Persian cats and very active in the cat fancy. My grandfather bred GSDs for police work in Germany. My parents owned a pet supply/ tropical fish store and adamantly refused to carry puppies, despite the fact that it was common practice for other stores in the area. Knowing the evils of high volume breeding/ puppy mills was part of the fabric of my youth. I count myself lucky in that respect.

My animals are my solace, and I love doing anything with animals, but dogs are my favorite. I did a lot of fostering and rescue work in the past. Am excited now about exploring more sports with my dogs in this phase of my life.

I believe strongly in just being kind, and despise elitism. I’ve had my feet on both sides of the economic and social ladder and it left me with little patience for people who use their success to lord over others.

Had struggles in life for sure. Abusive first marriage early in life, father who struggled with mental health issues and alcoholism, a few other things that are really too much to talk about here. However, even the bad experiences helped shape the goodness of my life today. Life truly is good.
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Due to a few nasty, disgruntled trolls who have lied about me left and right on this forum and behind the scenes by PMing countless people, I would like to set the record straight about who I am, and I would also like to hear who you are, if you would like to share.
MF...you don't have to set any record straight. You have nothing but a stellar record as far as I'm concerned and as far as the majority here is concerned. Anyone who thinks otherwise has probably drinks heavily and is down to her last couple brain cells. You are about as true blue...as honest and moral as they come, smart as a whip, you've got gumption and a terrific, generous personality. So, you don't have to prove yourself or set any record straight. But if you feel like you did, then I'm glad you did. Besides, those extras... all you've accomplished are pretty darn interesting and cool!
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Thank you so much, Pb I know anyone who matters knows who I am. The rest who spread lies are very sick, hateful people.
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Who am I? Do we define ourselves by the things we do? Or what we've done? First I have to figure out how to define myself before I can answer that very complex question. I may come back to this or maybe not. I have to go out and plant my vegetables now.

And fertilize my lawn.




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